Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore reaffirmed the outstanding bilateral relations between both countries and reiterated both countries commitment to foster continual progress and deepen cooperation on environmental protection and management, environmental education and water resources management. The Minister of Development said, the bilateral framework between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore provides a solid foundation and an avenue for both countries to exchange information and experiences, particularly best practices and expertise in addressing the current and emerging environmental issues that are common to both countries. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar made the remarks at the 12th Meeting of Brunei-Singapore Cooperation on the Environment under the Annual Exchange of Visits, BSAEV, yesterday morning.

In his welcoming remarks, the Minister of Development as co-chair of BSAEV said Brunei Darussalam recognised the importance of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, ranging from solid waste management, air quality management, water resource management, and environmental youth exchange programme as it is also instrumental in Brunei Darussalam's strive to enhance the environmental protection and conservation, and sustainable development, towards providing a high quality of life for the citizens, in line with Wawasan Brunei 2035.

His Excellency Masagos Zulkifli bin Masagos Mohammad, the Minister of Environment and Water Resources of Singapore in his opening remarks, among other things highlighted on the significant progress of collaborative activities between the two countries in the areas of solid waste management, air quality management and water resources management.

At the meeting, the ministers exchange views on environmental issues on the regional and international agenda such as sustainable consumption and production, and on ASEAN cooperation on environment. Both countries reiterated their commitment to cooperate with other ASEAN member states to advance regional environmental interests to achieve sustainable development and provide a healthy and clean living environment for the people. The Ministers endorsed the continued efforts in waste management and environmental protection in both countries and welcomed the useful exchange of information on air quality management and monitoring, and supported the active participation of youths from Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in both countries' youth environmental programmes. Singapore will host the 13th BSAEV next year.

Source: Radio Television Brunei